Twilight in Kuta (Monsoon Books), by David Nesbit
British-born David Nesbit has lived in Indonesia for about 20 years and his debut novel explores love, loss and infidelity in modern Indonesia. The novel’s cast includes a Caucasian English teacher, a frustrated Indonesian wife, a mixed-race schoolgirl, a Javanese ex-soldier and a naive village girl desperate for love. When young western tourist Neil meets Indonesian girl Yossy on Kuta Beach, he decides to settle permanently in Indonesia, knowing his life is about to change forever. Will it be the paradise he is yearning for? When cracks start to appear in Neil’s tropical existence, he is forced to re-evaluate all he once thought important. While the questioning reveals some of Indonesia’s many flaws, lovers of Kuta/ Bali/ Indonesia might ultimately read Twilight in Kuta as something of a love letter from Nesbit to his adopted home.